Sanju Samson Reveals ‘I’ve Been Directed to Take on the Finalist’s Role’

New Delhi: Wicketkeeper batsman Sanju Samson has revealed that the team management has asked him to take on the role of the opener, which is why he has been batting at Nos. 5 and 6 in recent times.

Samson missed out on a place in the T20 World Cup squad but has been selected for the ongoing ODI series against South Africa. The wicketkeeper-batsman has scored consistently for the Indian team this year, but the selectors chose Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant over him for the T20 World Cup.

Samson finds it difficult to play in the T20 World Cup

Samson has been in and out of the team over the past two years as he has been unable to cement a place in the set-up. With a packed top order, it is difficult for Samson to find a place in the Indian team, while players like Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer have also become certainties in the middle order.

With Hardik Pandya being the only all-rounder named in the ODI squad, the team management has asked Samson to take up that role.

The 28-year-old said he has been playing different roles for the team and trying to learn from players who have filled the goal role in the past.

Sanju Samson Says “I’ve Been Practicing For Different Roles”

“I have been practicing for different roles. I have put in time the last two years in different teams and to adapt to the roles. They were tasked with taking on the finisher role last year. Learning from players who have done it before and bringing it into my game.” Samson told the media ahead of the third ODI against South Africa

“Physically I’ve been doing a lot of top-class batting, but mentally I’m trying to understand the game and how to react according to the situation, a lot of learning has been learned. It is important to keep the focus on the process, this has been discussed in the team meetings”, he added.

“After the first game, we had a positive encounter despite the result. Management supported us and talked about how special we are and instilled confidence,” added Samson.

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